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Old 07-02-19, 09:37 AM
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Schwinn experts, help me out with a guessing game.

I'm trying to remember a specific Schwinn road bike I owned, and I can't quite figure it out. I've looked through the old Schwinn catalogs and I still am not sure.

I bought it new at my LBS in about 1986. I remember it being a previous years model, and so I got it a little cheaper. I paid for it with my paper route money, and I really can't imagine I paid more than about $300. It was a charcoal gray metallic color, and I'm pretty sure it was a 12 speed. That's really about all I can remember. I do recall that it had a 1 word name, it wasn't "World Sport" or similar, just 1 word.

I think it may have been '87 when I bought it, and maybe it was an '86 Prelude in Gunmetal. Could I have bought that bike around $300?

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Old 07-02-19, 11:31 AM
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Maybe a Letour? That model changed a lot over the years.
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I'll play! 1985 Tempo in metallic black.

Or something else.
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Old 07-02-19, 11:51 AM
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Does anyone have a price list from around that time?
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Originally Posted by riverdrifter View Post
Does anyone have a price list from around that time?
I bought my 1988 Schwinn Premis in 1988 for $450 and still have the receipt. The Prelude was one model below the Premis that year. So, $300ish for a one year old Prelude in 1987 seems reasonable. The Tempo was one model up from the Premis in 1988.
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I thought we weren't supposed to try to bypass the word censors.
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Old 07-02-19, 05:32 PM
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I bought my 1988 Schwinn Premis in 1988 for $450 and still have the receipt. The Prelude was one model below the Premis that year. So, $300ish for a one year old Prelude in 1987 seems reasonable. The Tempo was one model up from the Premis in 1988.
Prelude seems kind of familiar. That's my top pick so far.
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Prelude was a good-quality bike, which jibes with the discounted $300 you spent.

Non-indexed drivetrains were at that time becoming a "huge discount" factor, I remember buying a Cannondale road bike for $220 and a Trek 510 for $300 and a Trek 720 for $425 in the winter around that time. All the bikes were new and I sold the 510 in just one day for a good profit.

The shop owner told me a story about his shop's heating boiler having just blown up, that he needed money fast, but the bikes being "obsolete" was I believe the bigger reason for the mark-downs. I still have that 720!
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Old 07-02-19, 08:42 PM
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Prelude was a good-quality bike, which jibes with the discounted $300 you spent.

Non-indexed drivetrains were at that time becoming a "huge discount" factor, I remember buying a Cannondale road bike for $220 and a Trek 510 for $300 and a Trek 720 for $425 in the winter around that time. All the bikes were new and I sold the 510 in just one day for a good profit.

The shop owner told me a story about his shop's heating boiler having just blown up, that he needed money fast, but the bikes being "obsolete" was I believe the bigger reason for the mark-downs. I still have that 720!
That's awesome!
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1984 Letour Luxe???

MAYBE

Do you remember if it had the safety levers?

BTW...I am NO expert on anything.

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Old 07-03-19, 09:49 PM
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1986 Prelude in Gunmetal Grey???? (Pic borrowed from internet)
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Old 07-03-19, 11:18 PM
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After Schwinn closed their Chicago factory. There they only build electro-frorged frames + plus operations in the Paramount Cage there. In in 1980's they built many bikes in MS. The orginal Letour was built by Panasonic. Then came Letour Lux Super Letour....etc. The Schwinn World,,stem shifters, (1980s) steel rims. That one was build by Giant.
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LeTour Luxe came in that grey color around that year.
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